The NASCAR Sprint Cup makes its next stop at Bristol Motor Speedway's half-mile coliseum for the Food City 500. We looked at past performances, season trends, and spoke to team contacts to give the internet’s best prediction of how the field should finish.
When: Sunday, April 17; 1:13 p.m./et.
Weather: Mostly sunny with a daytime high around 79; wind out of the NE at 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is ZERO.
The Track: Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Motor Speedway is a half-mile oval with high-banking the entire way around. The corners are banked 36 degrees with 16 degree banking on the straight-aways. This is a track where very few drivers have been able to dominate throughout their careers. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, and Kurt Busch have all had decent success at the track, but that status can change with one nudge to the left-rear bumper.
Key to Race: DON'T BRING YOUR BEST CAR
The Bullring inBristolhas been described a flying an airplane in a gymnasium. There will be no cars that escape Sunday's race without at least a little sheet metal damage. This race is one of the most entertaining races on the circuit for fans and most frustrating for drivers. Expect tempers to flare as the cars bump-and-bang. The driver that wins the race will be the one with the best set of pit stops and the most luck. Kyle Busch’s recent dominance will be tested this weekend as often the best car and driver won’t earn a trip to Bristol’s Victory Lane.
40 cars will attempt to qualify for 40 spots.
Fantasy Cheat Sheet:
No. 18 Kyle Busch: Bristol is one of Kyle’s better tracks. He is worth using in all leagues.
No. 22 Joey Logano: Logano won two of the last three races at Bristol. He should finish inside the top five this visit to the wilds of Tennessee.
No. 41 Kurt Busch: Busch has won five races at Bristol during his career. He could re-earn his King of Bristol nickname this weekend.
No. 20 Matt Kenseth: Kenseth won the spring race at Bristol last year and has 20 top 10 finishes at the track. He is a great option.
No. 4 Kevin Harvick: Harvick has 13 top 10 finishes in 30 career races at Bristol. We aren’t going to bet against him.
6 to 10
No. 48 Jimmie Johnson: Johnson had one of the fastest cars in the past 14 Bristol races and won the 2010 spring race. He will be fast again.
No. 2 Brad Keselowski: Keselowski has won two of the past eight races at Bristol. There is no reason to think he can’t win again.
No. 19 Carl Edwards: Edwards has won three of the last 18 races at Bristol, including the spring 2014 show. He is a good pick.
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Junior has been decent at Bristol in his career. In his last 28 starts at the track he has finished 17th or better in 25 of them. Look for him to finish just inside the top 10.
No. 11 Denny Hamlin: Hamlin won the 2012 Night Race at Bristol and has led nearly 640 laps in the past 18 races at the track. He should have the No. 11 inside the top 10 when the dust settles.
11 to 20
No. 5 Kasey Kahne: Kahne won at Bristol in 2013. He is a decent choice this weekend.
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.: Truex struggled at Bristol last year. We recommend saving him for another track.
No. 31 Ryan Newman: Newman ran fast at Bristol last year. He should finish just inside the top 15.
No. 3 Austin Dillon: Dillon was great at Bristol last year. He is an interesting option to round-out your roster.
No. 24 Chase Elliott: Elliott isn’t a great choice in his first Cup start at Bristol.
No. 1 Jamie McMurray: McMurray has been great at Bristol the past two season. He will likely bring a similar setup this weekend and has value as a third driver.
No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Stenhouse was fantastic in three of the past four races at Bristol. He is worth using in most leagues.
No. 42 Kyle Larson: Larson ran great at Bristol in three of the last four races. He should crack the top 20 again.
No. 27 Paul Menard: Menard has cracked the top 25 in 15 of the last 17 Bristol races. He is a great under-the-radar pick.
No. 16 Greg Biffle: Biffle has 13 top 10 finishes in 26 career starts at Bristol. He is just an okay fantasy option.
21 to 30
No. 47 AJ Allmendinger
No. 6 Trevor Bayne
No. 10 Danica Patrick
No. 43 Aric Almirola
No. 13 Casey Mears
No. 14 Ty Dillon
No. 15 Clint Bowyer
No. 21 Ryan Blaney
No. 44 Brian Scott
No. 38 Landon Cassill
No. 7 Regan Smith
No. 23 David Ragan
No. 83 Matt DiBenedetto
No. 95 Michael McDowell
No. 98 Cole Whitt
No. 34 Chris Buescher
No. 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt
No. 46 Michael Annett
No. 30 Josh Wise
No. 55 Reed Sorenson
My NASCAR LIVE Team for this Week:
Race Winner: Joey Logano
My Yahoo! Fantasy NASCAR Team for this Week:
A. Joey Logano
B. Carl Edwards
B. Kasey Kahne
C. Ty Dillon